Israel Police bust prostitution ring

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A ‘Messanic’ prostitution ring has been broken up by Israeli Police. Two men and two women have been detained on suspicion of exploitation.

The four suspects are a 60-year-old man and a 40-year-old woman from the West Bank settlement of Kiryat Arba, a 47-year-old man from the town of Ashkelon and a 39-year-old woman from Jerusalem. They have so far not been named.

Police said the victims were brainwashed into believing that having sex with non-Jews would “save the Jewish people and bring about redemption” and that “they were made dependent on drugs and alcohol, having sex under their influence.”

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The head of the police investigation, Superintendent Arik Mordechai, told the Haaretz newspaper that some 15 women had been recruited, some of whom were believed to be minors.

Their ‘clients’ – from whom money was received – included Palestinians from the West Bank and foreign workers from Tel Aviv, the newspaper reported.

The arrests were made after a four-month-long undercover investigation following reports that the Messianic sect was taking advantage of female members. During the investigation, police discovered that it was active throughout Israel.


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